RICHMOND, Va. - A last second 3-pointer from senior guard Nick Kellogg(Westerville, Ohio) sent the Ohio University men's basketball team (8-3) home with a 70-69, overtime victory over Richmond (8-4) Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.
Ohio led 60-57 with a minute to play, but Richmond rallied to tie the game at 61 and send it into overtime. In the overtime session, Ohio led by four (65-61) with 3:33 to play. The Spiders rallied to take a two-point lead (69-67) with 32 seconds to go, but Kellogg
Kellogg finished the game with 14 points and four rebounds, while junior guard Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) added a team-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and chipped in seven rebounds in 35 minutes on the floor.
The Bobcats are now 3-0 in games decided by five points or less this season. The Spiders had won 42 of their previous 48 non-conference home games.
Ohio shot 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor in the game and made 4-of-5 attempts in overtime. After Richmond shot 60.9 percent (14-23) in the first half, Ohio limited the Spiders to just 39.3 percent (11-28) for the remainder of the contest.
Behind seven-straight points from Ndour to open the scoring for Ohio, the Bobcats jumped out to an early 10-6 lead. Richmond responded with a 7-0 run to build a 13-10 advantage and went ahead by 10 (24-14) after completing an 18-4 run midway through the opening stanza.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kellogg and Willis cut the Richmond edge to four (24-20) and Ohio moved as close as three (30-27) after a 3-pointer from Hall with 4:40 to go in the half. Richmond posted five-straight to re-up its lead to eight (35-27), but the `Cats closed the period on an 11-5 run to trail by just four (42-38) at halftime.
Ohio shot 56.5 percent (13-23) in the half - its best shooting performance in a half since a 60 percent second-half effort against Heidelberg on Nov. 23. The `Cats also made 5-of-6 (.833) 3-point attempts in the period.
Richmond posted the first four points of the second half to equal its largest lead of the game (48-38), before the `Cats fought back with a 12-0 run to take their first lead since the 15:04 mark of the first half. Smith had six points around the basket during the surge.
After Richmond re-took the lead at 54-52, a bucket from Johnson and pretty up-and-under from Ndour moved Ohio back in front by two (56-54) with 3:25 to go in the second half.
Richmond posted the next three points to take a one-point lead (57-56), but Ohio scored the next two baskets by way of Johnson and Ndour to go up by three (60-57) with a minute to go. Richmond rallied to tie the game at 61 with 20 seconds to go, and a Kellogg jumper at the horn was no good, sending the game to overtime.
Ohio led 65-61 in the overtime session, but Richmond rallied to take a two-point lead (69-67) with 32 seconds to play. But Kellogg drilled the big 3-pointer with nine seconds to go to send Ohio home with the win.
Ohio plays its final game of 2013 next Monday (Dec. 30) against Longwood (5-7) inside the Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.